Topic / Catholicism

Ireland’s latest census shows a steady decline in godliness

Reacting to Irish census figures that show a drop of just 3.4 percent of people claiming to be Catholic, Humanist Society of Ireland’s spokesperson Brian Whiteside, above, this week expressed his scepticism over the figure. In this report, Whiteside said: It seems odd that the number of Catholics has only declined by 3.4 percent. The […]

Doctor-assisted suicide: bishop slams ‘culture of death’

The Hawaii Senate voted overwhelmingly this week to advance a bill permitting physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients – despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church. Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva, above, in a recent letter to parishioners in his diocese, called the effort to legalise physician-assisted suicide as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and: Another […]

Church finds nothing funny about priest’s bunny stunt

Parish priest Juan Carlos Martínez, 40, from the Galician town of Cuntis, incurred the displeasure of the Catholic Church for posing as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, flanked by two men dressed as bunnies, on a carnival float. According to this report, he has apologised profusely for his “misguided” caper. The trio lounged on red satin […]

Humanists are starting to gain a foothold in the Philippines

The woman pictured giving science lessons to children in a poor part of Alabang close to the Philippines’ capital city of Manila is Jahziel Tayco Ferrer, an atheist who believes that far too many children in her country are being exposed to dangerous Christian propaganda. Determined to bring a humanist world view to youngsters, Ferrer […]

Five Indian nuns among eight arrested over teenager’s rape

Father Robin Vadakkumcherry*, above, along with five nuns and two doctors, have been arrested in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl. The vicar at the St Sebastian Catholic Church in Kottiyoor, was allegedly trying to flee India when Kerala police swooped. According to this report, the eight were arrested on suspicion of covering […]

Gruesome find at Catholic home for unmarried mothers

Ireland’s Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone TD, above, has described the find of ‘significant quantities’ of human remains at a former Catholic institution in Tuam, Co Galway, as ‘very sad and disturbing news’. Zappone said in this report: It was not unexpected as there were claims about human remains on the site over the last number […]

Paedophile priests better inside the church than out

Last year it was reported that paedophile priest Mauro Inzoli, above, had agreed to pay out a sum of €125,000 his victims, aged between 12 and 16. Each received €25,000. Inzoli, known as “Don Mercedes” for his love expensive cars and under-aged boys, was defrocked in 2012 but was later, controversially, welcomed back to the priesthood […]

Anti-Pope posters reveal deep divisions in the Catholic Church

Earlier this month, authorities in Rome sprang into action to cover up a series of posters that sprang up all over the city. The posters, according to Fox News, showed a scowling Pope above the words: Ah Francis, you’ve taken over congregations, removed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of the Immaculate, […]

Priest jailed for 28 years for abusing vulnerable children

Roy Lovatt, 71, above, a Catholic priest and housemaster at a Yorkshire children’s home, received the lengthy jail sentence at Leeds Crown Court this week after he was was found guilty of four charges of indecent assault and five of serious sex assaults against two boys. Roy Leonard Allen, 72, a colleague of Lovatt’s at […]

US Catholics angry at Boys Scouts … and Donald Trump

Last year, Joe Maldonado, above right, an 8-year-old transgender boy from New Jersey was barred from his local Cub Scout pack because the Boy Scouts of America refused to recognise his gender identity. But last month the BSA, to its credit, changed its admittance policy and said they would allow him to return. The Archdiocese […]